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Top Democrat denounces Trump’s trans troops ban as ‘act of cruelty’

Top Democrat denounces Trump’s trans troops ban as ‘act of cruelty’

After a screening of the documentary, TransMilitary, a leading Democrat has dubbed the new trans military ban an ‘act of cruelty.’

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said yesterday (3 April) that Trump’s ban on trans service members will leave the President and his administration in the ‘dustbin of history.’

Reuters reported that Pelosi’s comments came after a screening of the 2018 documentary in Capital Hill, a neighbourhood in Washington D.C.

What did she say?

Pelosi is a longtime ally of LGBTI rights and she slammed supporters of the new limits. Scheduled to be imposed onto more than 15,000 trans troops on 12 April.

‘These people are going to be relics in the dustbin of history, they just don’t know it,’ Pelosi.

‘To them it’s inconceivable, to us it is inevitable. So we have to shorten the distance between the inconceivable to some and the inevitable to us.’

The Democratic speaker turned to the US Army Captain Jennifer Peace, a central figure in the documentary, and thanked her.

‘Thank you for shortening that distance,’ she said.

What is TransMilitary?

The documentary follows US trans service members as they perform their duties. Fighting for their right to serve openly.

Throughout the film, they win recognition during the Obama administration in 2016. Only to then lose it in 2017 under Trump.

It also covers elements of the legal battle that followed Trump’s decision.

Tracking the trans troops ban 

While Trump first instituted the ban in 2017, he received widespread backlash to his decision.

A month after that, he issued a memorandum declaring the end of trans service at the start of 2018.

But by the end of the year, a lower US court ruled against the policy and a judge said trans troops must be allowed to join.

Trump issued a new policy in March 2018, a more watered-down version of his initial expansive plan.

His efforts to reverse the Obama’s administration’s pro-trans policies was subject to four court challenges.

However, the US Supreme court struck down all four injunctions. Lifting blocks on the ban. Even a last-ditch appeal was struck down.

See also

US Supreme Court votes to allow trans military ban to go ahead

Trump’s White House ready to brief Pentagon on enforcing trans troops ban

US Pentagon release Q&A about how Trump’s trans troops ban… is not a ban